PA Claims It Arrested Two Killers Of Americans; ZOA Urges Bush To Insist That PA Surrender Them To U.S.
News
November 6, 2003


NEW YORK- The Palestinian Authority is claiming that it has arrested two terrorists involved in the recent murder of three Americans in Gaza, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the Bush administration to demand that the PA surrender the terrorists to the United States for prosecution.


The three murdered Americans were John Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Linde Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark Parsons, 31, of New Jersey. They were security personnel guarding a convoy of U.S. diplomatic vehicles that was attacked by Palestinian Arab terrorist at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip on October 15, 2003.


According to the New York Post (Nov.5, 2003), the PA police claim to have arrested “two prime suspects in the bomb ambush.” The pair “supplied the large roadside bomb” used in the attack.


The New York Times reported on November 3, 2003, that the U.S. is reluctant to prosecute Abu Abbas, the Palestinian Arab terrorist who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, during which wheelchair-bound U.S. tourist Leon Klinghoffer was murdered. Abbas was captured by U.S. forces in Iraq last April, but the Bush administration has filed no charges against him even though, according to the Times, during questioning by U.S. officials, “the has admitted enough to make him a co-conspirator.”


Meanwhile, there has been no indication from the Bush administration that it has asked the PA to arrest and hand over Abd Al-Aziz Awda, whom the U.S. indicted in February 2003 as the founder and “spiritual leader” of an Islamic Jihad terror cell whose victims included Alisa Flatow of West Orange, NJ, a 20 year-old Brandeis University junior, who was murdered in a bombing near Kfar Darom on April 9, 1995; and Shoshana Ben-Yishai, 16, of Queens, NY, who was murdered in a shooting attack on a bus in Jerusalem on November 9, 2001. Awda is head of the Al Qassam Mosque in the PA-controlled Gaza Strip.


ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “We urge President Bush to demonstrate a sense of urgency and a more serious interest in bringing these killers to justice—before the PA sets them free via its notorious ‘revolving door justice.’ We also urge the immediate indictment of Abu Abbas, and U.S. action to capture the indicted killer Abd Al-Aziz Awda.”


In a recent letter to President Bush, 70 Members of Congress wrote that U.S. action against Palestinian Arab terrorists “will help ensure that the War on Terror maintains its clarity and credibility throughout the world.”




  • ZOA’s Mort Klein TV Interview Exposing Truth of New Arab/Muslim War on Israel and Jews

  • Our Mission
    ZOA STATEMENT
    The ZOA speaks out for Israel – in reports, newsletters, and other publications. In speeches in synagogues, churches, and community events, in high schools and colleges from coast to coast. In e-mail action alerts. In op-eds and letters to the editor. In radio and television appearances by ZOA leaders. Always on the front lines of pro-Israel activism, ZOA has made its mark.
    Center for Law & Justice
    We work to educate the American public and Congress about legal issues in order to advance the interests of Israel and the Jewish people.
    We assist American victims of terrorism in vindicating their rights under the law, and seek to hold terrorists and sponsors of terrorism accountable for their actions.
    We fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses.
    We strive to enforce existing law and also to create new law in order to safeguard the rights of the Jewish people in the United States and Israel.